Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

We live in a lightning fast world. How do you make sure your business is keeping pace? According to today’s guest, the answer is by embracing failure and by preparing to change–fast.

 

Meet Brandi Boatner, the Social and Influencer Communications Lead for IBM Global Markets. Brandi has been working with IBM since 2010, and she has also served as a Digital Experience Manager for IBM Global Technology Services. She's currently the Chair of the IBM Black Network of New York Business Resource Group (BRG), and she's a founding member of the IBM Marketing Communications and Citizenship MCC Diversity Council. Through her work with IBM, she’s become an expert in adopting an agile framework to build more flexible, fast-paced teams.

 

Follow along as Brandi shares the inside-baseball on becoming an agile marketer, ways to embrace failure (and why you should!), plus the best advice she has ever received.

 

In This Episode

  • What it means to be an agile marketer
  • How agile principles apply to everyday tasks
  • Ways to combat (or keep up with) warp speed change
  • The best career and life advice Brandi’s ever received
  • How mindfulness can transform your life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Fail fast and embrace that failure so that you can iterate, course correct, and then try again can apply an agile framework to whatever it is that [you’re] doing.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“We live in a three-second world, right? A three second, right-swipe world. If I can't do what I need to get done in 10 days, why am I doing this? Why?” —Brandi Boatner

 

“I've gotten rid of that mindset of, ‘This has to be perfect.’ It does not have to be perfect. There has to be progress made on the task… I celebrate progress not perfection.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“Change and comfort can't coexist, so you should be willing to have that uncomfortable conversation in order for you to implement the changes that you need as a professional and then as a business.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“People can define their success differently. You might ask somebody else, and they say success is money. Someone might say success is happiness, somebody might say anything, but for me I would really say success, for me, is growth. ” —Brandi Boatner

 

Resources

Email Brandi or connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

IBM

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Direct download: BrandiBoatneronWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

In our time producing Women Worldwide, I have spoken with people from all walks of life. I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs, inventors, and educators from around the world. But today is a first. I don't think we've ever had a volcanologist on the show. Meet Jess Phoenix, a professional field scientist who's running for the California Congress.

 

In addition to her hands-on work as a volcanologist and burgeoning political career, Jess is executive director, principal investigator and co-founder of a revolutionary environmental scientific research organization called Blueprint Earth. She's also a fellow in the Explorer's Club, a featured scientist on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel and a TEDx speaker. Her work has been covered in Popular Science Magazine, NASA's FameLab on National Public Radio, CNN international and on This Week in Science. Her mission is to inspire everyone to tap into their innate curiosity, igniting wonder about our planet and the world we live in.

 

Stay tuned to hear incredible stories from Jess’s professional life and find out how she’s using her scientific background to fuel political change and encourage people around her.

 

In This Episode

  • What entrepreneurs can learn from Jess’s episode with horse thieves
  • Proof it’s never too late to learn a new skill or passion
  • The benefits of leveraging social media
  • How doors open when you don’t shy away from saying ‘yes’
  • Why you don’t have to be the best at what you do

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Being curious about a number of different things is okay. You don't have to focus or specialize too early because you can change directions… You can get into things at any age. It doesn't require you doing it from when you're five or anything like that.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“You always have to think about what the greater cause is and that's what keeps you going even when it's rough 'cause it's not all fun and games. It's not all campfires—I mean sometimes you deal with horse thieves.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“We are humans, we are so adaptable. So that's what we have to do. We have to adapt to the challenges and that means be flexible, be creative, and solve those problems.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“It doesn't matter what your problem is, if it's an erupting volcano, a flat tire, God knows what! You just look at it, and you just take it apart, piece by piece. And you figure out how you're gonna get out of this situation you're in, and you just do your job.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“You don't have to be the best, but you have to be so good that they can't ignore you.” —Jess Phoenix

 

Resources

Jess Phoenix for Congress

Volcano Jess

Connect with Jess on Twitter, Facebook, and here and here on Instagram

Direct download: JessPhoenixonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:25am EST

Would you say you or your business has reached your limitless potential? Have curiosity and passion helped you to impact others and to reach your goals? According to today’s guest, nurturing your curiosity is exactly what you need to elevate your business to the next level.

 

Nikki Barua is a change agent, and she's leading a movement to empower people and organizations to thrive amidst disruption. She founded BeyondCurious in 2011 to help large companies innovate like startups, and since then, the award-winning digital accelerator has created massive impact by guiding brands to achieve their digital transformation goals. Nikki was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE in 2014, recognized as Top Woman Entrepreneur in North America by Ernst & Young in 2015, and as LA Woman of Influence by The Business Journals in 2016.

 

Tune in to hear why you should be fostering your own curiosity, why you should learn to pivot like a small business, and how to turn your business’s challenges into opportunities to level up.

 

In This Episode

  • Why every child needs heroes
  • The ways education can help you think differently
  • How to nurture your own curiosity
  • Why big organizations should think and operate like small startups
  • What makes entrepreneurship like a video game

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I grew up with a belief that it's possible for us to do absolutely anything. And with that belief in my heroes, I learned very early on to really dream big and be bold and take courageous action.” —Nikki Barua

 

“The gift that I got from education was in how to think. The most powerful gift or tool we can be equipped with is being able to frame great questions, because when you know how to approach a problem, the answers emerge from within you.” —Nikki Barua

 

“As we grow, we tend to lose that curiosity because we're afraid to ask or we're afraid to simply pursue something where there's a potential of failure. And so our fears tend to get in the way of our curiosity, and when we let that fear overtake our curiosity, it limits our ability to learn and to grow and to give back. ” —Nikki Barua

 

“As an entrepreneur, your challenges are never ending. I've learned to frame it in a way that I measure my progress as an entrepreneur based on the size of my problems. So if my problems are getting bigger, I know I must be getting better.” —Nikki Barua

 

“One of the most important lessons of leadership is the humanity of being authentic and vulnerable and really being grateful for the opportunity to lead and to bring out the best in all of the other people.” —Nikki Barua

 

Resources

BeyondCurious

Follow BeyondCurious on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Nikki Barua

Connect with Nikki on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Direct download: NikkiBaruaonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

On Women Worldwide, we often talk to influential women about their passion and how it has inspired the product or service they provide. But what if your product involves sharing a piece of your own spirit? Such is the case in the art world, where a professional’s product is as deeply personal as it gets.

 

Joining me on the show is New York-based artist Kathy Butterly, known for bringing a painterly sensibly to her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. Kathy Butterly was born in 1963 in Amityville, New York. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California Davis. She lives and works in New York alongside her husband and fellow artist Tom Burckhardt. Kathy has exhibited across the United States, and many of her works are in the Permanent Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of an incredible artist as Kathy shares her inspirations, breaks down her relationship with her materials and work, and talks about blending her professional and personal lives.

 

Today's episode of Women WorldWide, which features a Visionary Woman Award winner, is being sponsored by Moore College of Art & Design. Moore's the first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates in the United States.

 

In This Episode

  • The amount of time that goes into creating a piece of work
  • How different art materials behave
  • Challenges women artists face today
  • How an artist blends and balances her professional and personal lives
  • The importance of having a positive, nurturing support system

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I'm just trying to make work that really resonates with my heart, my mind. Formally and also on a deeper level.” —Kathy Butterly

 

“With art materials, you build a relationship with them. You nurture a relationship with a certain color or a certain pigment, and it's very personal. It's a weird thing to explain somebody who's not an artist, but color and materials, they're very personal.” —Kathy Butterly

 

“I think that there are, there's definitely some challenges, especially if you decide to have a family where you have to juggle a lot. But you manage how to do it… Or I did, because being true to myself and making my work is one of the most important things other than making sure my kids are healthy and good.” —Kathy Butterly

 

“There's always challenges, and that's life. It would be really boring if there weren't challenges or if things didn't go wrong. When things go wrong, that's when you have to problem solve. And that's where things get better.” —Kathy Butterly

 

“Everything's about the journey. I, in a way, part of my thinking and my making work is I'm not in it to make something. I'm in it to figure something out along the way and for all my thoughts and all my hard work, to achieve something in the end that has meaning. That's my success is to achieve something with meaning.” —Kathy Butterly

 

Resources

kathybutterly.com

See Kathy’s work at the James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea or the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica

Direct download: KathyButterlyonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

The concept of “mind over matter” is incredibly powerful, especially when it comes to your health and healing. You may not have control over everything in your life, but you do have complete power over how you feel. You have control over your dreams, your goals, and how you pursue them.

 

Perhaps no one understands that better than today’s guest, Alexa Carlin. After a near-death experience that put her in a medically induced coma at 21, Alexa became a full-time speaker to share her story. Since then, she's gone on to found the Women Empower Expo and Be a Public Speaker. All of her business endeavors serve the same passion and goal: she wants to see people’s lives change for the better.

 

Listen in as Alexa shares her incredible story, advice on how to chase your professional dreams, plus incredible insights on how you can impact other people’s lives.

 

In This Episode

  • Why it’s important to take ownership of your goals and dreams
  • Little daily actions that can have a big impact on others’ lives
  • The number one way to stand out as an entrepreneur
  • Different approaches public speakers can use to prepare
  • Why the phrase “work/life balance” can be a misnomer

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I truly believe that everything that we work towards leads us to that bigger picture of who we're supposed to be in life, as long as we never give up and continue to persevere and follow our passion.” —Alexa Carlin

 

“That's how I've made a difference in thousands of people's lives. I say, ‘I'm going to make a difference in at least one person's life, every single day.’ When you start on the individual level, that creates a ripple effect.” —Alexa Carlin

 

“The impact you're making in the world is happening, you just may not see it. But that's the thing—you don't have to see it. All you have to know is that you are doing your best to create that positive impact.” —Alexa Carlin

 

“Confidence is a lifelong journey. You have to work on it every single day.” —Alexa Carlin

 

“It's not like you have so many hours of work and so many hours to live…. This is your life. This is your chance to do everything that you want to do. How are you going to make the most of it?” —Alexa Carlin

 

Resources

Women Empower Expo

Women Empower Expo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Connect with Alexa on Instagram

Be a Public Speaker

Direct download: AlexaCarlinonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:59am EST

I was at a conference recently and I heard kind of an alarming statistic — the largest demographic leaving our state (New Jersey) to go work in other states are millennials. The future of the workforce doesn’t want to stick around our area! That’s a problem.

 

Today’s special guest has keen insight on how to reach younger generations and encourage them to stick around for business opportunities. Joining me is Alissa Carpenter, millennial workforce expert and leadership trainer. Alissa is the founder of Everything’s Not OK and That's OK, a company that creates and administers professional development workshops and helps organizations enhance leadership, teamwork, interpersonal skills among employees. She has a special focus on the millennial workforce.

 

Tune in as Alissa helps me unpack why millennials choose to work in certain areas or for certain companies over others, plus explains ways your business can recruit young talent.

 

In This Episode

  • Why businesses aren’t keeping pace with education when it comes to innovation
  • What companies need to better understand about the millennial workforce
  • How millennials compare to Gen Z at work
  • Ways top companies are supporting millennial workers
  • How building relationships on social media can bolster your business

 

Quotes in This Episode

“What's taught in school isn't necessarily productively applied in the workplace. We can read about theory, we can read about change management, organizational dynamics, but really experiencing it is different.” —Alissa Carpenter

 

“[Millennials] really want to know that there's opportunity to move around for advancement or really gain that new skill set. “ —Alissa Carpenter

 

“It's sometimes really hard to step back and look at your people, and try to grow your people, but your people make your organization what it is. It's so important to often reflect on how are your people? Are they happy in the organization? What can I do to help them grow so we can be more successful?” —Alissa Carpenter

 

“[Owning a business] is a rollercoaster of emotions. It's crazy sometimes because every business ebbs and flows. I'll get a ton of requests, and the next week I won't get anything. That's a challenge for somebody who wouldn't necessarily consider themselves a risk-taker because it's not stable.” —Alissa Carpenter

 

“We overlook our successes sometimes, big or small, and don't take the chance to celebrate them and really be grateful for them and reflect on them. We've already moved on to the next thing.” —Alissa Carpenter

 

Resources

Everything’s Not OK, and That’s OK

Connect with Alissa on Twitter

Direct download: AlissaCarpenteronWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

The world is becoming more and more robotic by the day. That’s why today we’re talking about artificial intelligence and consumer emotions, fears, and reactions to AI and machine learning.

 

My special guest is an alum to Women Worldwide. Coming back on the show is Megan Harris, Managing Director of SYZYGY New York, a digital marketing agency. In her role as Managing Director, Megan is responsible for executive management of the agency from setting vision to driving growth and managing operations. She also speaks on a number of topics including digital marketing, travel marketing, managing millennials and now artificial intelligence.

 

You won’t want to miss this episode—Megan is sharing the results of SYZYGY’s recent study “Sex, Lies, and AI.”

 

In This Episode

  • The confusion around artificial intelligence
  • A four-part ethical regulation for marketers using AI
  • How the human experience and AI can amplify each other
  • Reactions and feelings about artificial intelligence from different demographics
  • Ways social media and the digital world are forcing business professionals to evolve

 

Quotes in This Episode

“There's a lot of talk about artificial intelligence. It's real. It's here. It's already a growing part of our lives. Many of us already interact with AI through services like chatbots, when we buy things online from our favorite brands, or virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa.” —Megan Harris

 

“People want to know how [AI is] going to affect their lives and if there's going to be checks and balances. That tells me that everyone is on board in some respect; they just need to be educated. And that's doable.” —Megan Harris

 

“Any company or any brand that has consumers and has a footprint in society should have a code of ethics and should regulate how they use technology and AI.” —Megan Harris

 

“Women are a little bit more fearful than men around AI... And more women are reporting that they feel concerned and a little bit skeptical while more men than women report that they're feeling excited and optimistic.” —Megan Harris

 

“No longer is it just cut and dry with your personal and professional life. It's not about work-life balance anymore. It's more about kind of taking a holistic view on your life and things fitting in so you can live your best life.” —Megan Harris

 

Resources

SYZYGY

Connect with Megan on LinkedIn and Facebook

Direct download: MeganHarrisonWomenWorldwide_2.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

When was the last time that you took a really long walk to clear your mind? I find that walking is a great way to get my body moving, to lessen stress, and to provide myself with a much-needed sense of calm.

 

With that in mind, today’s guest is a woman after my own heart. Diana Liberto is a big proponent of getting up off the couch and walking. So much so that she founded Walk My Mind, a platform that provides walking, learning, listening and community all in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. Walk My Mind focuses on engaging the mind with walkcasts, audiobooks and live guest speakers, which you listen to while you're up and moving. Prior to launching her platform, Diana was an in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 company.

 

Diana shares how her life has impacted her career, her definition of success, and the power of going for a nice long walk.

 

In This Episode

  • The profound impact taking a simple walk can have
  • Challenges women face across industries
  • How Diana’s childhood influenced her career journey
  • Different paths a person can take to become successful
  • Weak link thinking versus strong link thinking

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I thought, well, if I could just get outside and take a walk—you know, breathe the air, take a walk on the beach—it would help me.” —Diana Liberto

 

“If starting a company was easy, everybody would be doing it… If it's not challenging, it's probably boring, and you wouldn't want to do it anyway. ” —Diana Liberto

 

“I know now what's driving me is to try to help other people. I do really want to do that. I want to do it on many levels and in many different ways. My mind really runs with that.” —Diana Liberto

 

“What is success? Is success just pushing yourself and grinding yourself and climbing and trying and punishing if you don't make ‘this’ or you don't make ‘that’? ...You know, I think you don't quite know what success really is going to be for you.” —Diana Liberto

 

“You know it's a real balancing act too. When you get to this point and you look back I think one of the really important things is don't beat yourself up because you did what you thought you needed to do when you did it.” —Diana Liberto

 

Resources

Walk My Mind

Walk My Mind on Facebook, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: DianaLibertoonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

In the digital age, technology is changing practically every industry around us: finance, education, even health and wellness. Today’s guest has followed and worked within the changing health tech industry for years.

 

Dr. Patricia Salber is a board-certified internist and emergency physician with more than 15 years experience as a physician executive. She’s a speaker, an author, and the founder and CEO of The Doctor Weighs In, an online content platform for doctors, med students, and other experts to share evidence-based stories about almost every topic in healthcare: Policy, Tech, Lifestyle, Medical Care, and Psych.

 

Tune in as Pat shares stories from her time working in healthcare, her take on the future of health and technology, plus the challenges of monetizing a content business.

 

In This Episode

  • How Google’s search rankings can dramatically change a business
  • The ways being a woman in the medical field has evolved
  • Future trends and changes you can expect to see in health tech
  • Why it’s normal to need a career reset after a certain number of years
  • Challenges of monetizing content without sacrificing your mission

 

Quotes in This Episode

“We promote all our stories, so we're not trying to be like a newspaper, where you would come and read our site cover to cover, because we have something like 2,000 stories on the site. Rather, we promote the stories using social media and other mechanisms, so each individual story kind of becomes a destination on its own.” —Pat Salber

 

“[Med school] teachers were used to teaching men, so they still did things that were sexist, both in their lectures and, you know, on the wards. You can imagine that the first group of women who got in, that we were not shrinking violets.” —Pat Salber

 

“Lots of exciting things coming down the path [in health tech]. The real question is how we're going to pay for it.” —Pat Salber

 

“It's really hard to monetize content. The ways that you can monetize content oftentimes restrict what I want to do.” —Pat Salber

 

“Explore what you want to do, and do it. Hanging in there for 30 years when the last 15 aren't fun anymore is really not a good use of your time.” —Pat Salber

Resources

The Doctor Weighs In

Learn more about Dr. Patricia Salber

Direct download: PatriciaSalberonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

Today's episode is the final part of a special series. We're podcasting live from Working Mother Media's Work Beyond Summit in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. The conference focuses on work-life balance, with a lens on evolving next-generation strategies, and it also salutes the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

 

Today’s guest Jennifer Allyn is a diversity strategy leader at PWC. She's responsible for designing initiatives to retain, develop, and advance diverse professionals in her organization. As a recognized DNI subject matter expert, Jennifer has been widely quoted in the media. She also hosts a podcast called Pursuit of Happiness, a PWC podcast that explores how people juggle work, their personal lives, and the everyday challenges that often otherwise go undiscussed.

 

Follow along as Jennifer shares the importance of working with people who look and think differently from ourselves, plus how we can all care for ourselves at work to renew our physical and mental energy.

 

In This Episode

  • How to consciously and intentionally think about workforce diversity
  • The potential podcasting has to help companies share stories more intimately
  • The four domains of energy we all carry
  • How transparent storytelling can be good for a company’s wellness program
  • Why you need to build trust with your teams, with society, and with yourself

 

Quotes in This Episode

“We talk about some of the unconscious biases that we see in the workplace over and over again, and one is the similarity effect, right? ‘I'm attracted to people who are like me, because there's that instant familiarity, which leads to comfort and then to trust.’ That can be okay, right? That's not necessarily a bad human dynamic, if you will, but it's a problem if we don't see talent in the people who are really different than us.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“We're trying to transform the metaphor from managing time, that we all have limited time— everyone's super busy—to managing energy. It's not about balance. It's about energy and renewal.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“The notion of responsiveness means that I have to be instantaneously responding to anything that you ask from me, but that really diminishes my long-term capacity to think, to have that bigger picture, and to write, to analyze, to solve problems if I'm constantly on my device, or on my phone, or on my laptop responding to emails.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“Everyone's struggling with similar things. They're making choices. They're making trade-offs. They're revisiting some of those decisions and saying, ‘It doesn't work for me now.’ The course of a career is long, so sometimes the strategies you used at the beginning aren't the same as you would use at the end.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“We can't do everything. We all get the same 24 hours, and we have to manage our energy, not the time. I think that when you're clear about your priorities, both on the homefront and in the workplace, that is when people feel at their best, at their most productive.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

Resources

PWC

The PWC Pursuit of Happiness Podcast

Direct download: JenniferAllynonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:14pm EST